Music for lunch
Pianist Ella Ann Holding of Smithfield is returning to the “Music for the Lunch Bunch” stage. She kicked off the series’ 31st summer earlier this year. She will perform again at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, at First Presbyterian Church, 215 S. Third St., Smithfield. Holding will play popular classical pieces such as “Clair de Lune” and “Moonlight Sonata.” Admission is free.
Clayton Visual Arts
Clayton Visual Arts Inc. meets the first Tuesday of every month. Meetings are at noon at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St. On the first Thursday following the first Tuesday, the group holds a “Meet the Artist” reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m., also at The Clayton Center.
Drawing for adults
The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department will offer a drawing class for adults. A morning session will begin Sept. 15 and will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday. An evening session, also starting Sept. 15, will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays. The cost is $40 for Clayton residents and $55 for nonresidents. For more information, call 919-553-1550.
Auditions in Smithfield
Auditions for the comedy “Seniors of the Sahara” are scheduled for 7 p.m. July 27-28 at The Hut on Front Street in downtown Smithfield. The Neuse Little Theatre production has roles for four men and four women. To learn more, go to neuselittletheatre.org.
Photos on display
Benita VanWinkle’s photos of vintage movie theaters are on display this month at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. The display is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free.
New show in Selma
The American Music Jubilee is performing a new variety show at The Rudy theater, 300 N. Raiford St., Selma. Here are upcoming performances: 1:40 p.m. July 23 and 1:40 p.m. Aug. 1. For ticket information, call 877-843-7839 or go to amjubilee.com.
Summer paint party
A summer paint party will take place Tuesday, July 21, in Selma. Choose a wooden anchor, flip-flop or watermelon cutout to paint. Bring friends, family or coworkers. No experience needed. The cost is $25 per person. To reserve a seat, call 919-749-8720.
Johnston County resident Todd Narron has penned “Country Stories of Ghosts and Bad Men.” Here’s what one reviewer had to say: The book’s 10 stories “are gripping, haunting, sometimes disturbing, some amusing – the whole gamut of emotions. This book ties in so well the theme of the vanishing family farm and rural way of life.” Narron grew up on a tobacco farm in Johnston County. His book is available on Amazon.
‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’
The Clayton Youth Theater will present the musical comedy “Thoroughly Modern Millie” at 7:30 July 24-25 and July 30-Aug. 1 at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. Set in New York City in 1922, this family-friendly musical features frisky flappers, dashing leading men and a dragon-lady of a villainess. Tickets, excluding taxes and fees, are $10 for adults and $5 for students. For tickets, call 919-553-1737 or visit theclaytoncenter.com.
Grant dollars available
The Johnston County Arts Council is accepting grant applications. Grant dollars are available to nonprofits that promote and develop cultural-arts programming in Johnston. Projects must occur before May 30, 2016. The application form and grant guidelines are online at jcartscouncil.org. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. July 28. For for information about the grants, call Darlene Williford at 919-938-0306 or email email@example.com.
Outdoor painting in Clayton
The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department will offer art journaling, a two-day workshop, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 4 and Aug. 11. Enjoy the summer weather while painting outside. The cost is $20 for Clayton residents and $35 for nonresidents. For more information, call 919-553-1550.
Kids can learn to weave
“Weaving the Summer Away,” a camp for children ages 9-12, will meet from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 10-15 at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Campers will learn the basics of weaving on a handmade loom. They will also create an open-weave basket using reed and recycled materials. The cost is $100. To learn more, call 919-934-1408.
Animal art for kids
“Mixing It Up With Animals,” an art camp for children ages 6-8, will meet from 9 a.m. to noon July 27-31 at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Campers will create animals through painting, collage, drawing and layering. The cost is $100. To learn more, call 919-934-1408.
Art Faire seeks entries
The 17th annual Art Faire in Clayton is seeking entries.
The competition will award six prizes in two categories – fine arts and photography. The deadline to enter is Aug. 24, Entries will go on display at The Clayton Center in September.
The entry fee is $25 for members of Clayton Visual Arts and $40 for all others. To learn more, go to claytonvisualartsnc.org and click on Artist Invitation, then 2015 Art Faire.
‘Just Passing Through’
“Just Passing Through,” an exhibit of doors covered in student art, is on display through July 30 in the Frank Creech Gallery at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. Magen Pike, who teaches art at Benson Middle School, developed the project with help from art teachers Katie Gentry of West View Elementary School, Kelly Crocker of Princeton Elementary, Megan Jones of South Johnston High School, Abby Boykin of Corinth Holders High School and Christina Schaffer of Smithfield Middle School.
Concert at Flowers
Here’s the remaining schedule for the 2015 concert series at Flowers Crossroads, the Harris Teeter-anchored shopping center on N.C. 42 East at Buffalo Road near Clayton:
Sept. 13: Jim Quick and Coastline.
Oct. 11: Band of Oz.
Town Square concerts
Here’s the remaining lineup for this year’s Town Square Concert Series in Clayton:
Aug. 20 – Idlewild South.
Sept. 17 – Walrus.
The free concerts are at 7 p.m. on Town Square at the corner of Main and Fayetteville streets. Bring a lawn chair or blanket but no coolers; food trucks and other vendors will be on hand. For more information, visit www.downtownclayton.org.
Sundown in Benson
Here’s the remaining schedule of Sundown Concerts in the Singing Grove on Main Street in downtown Benson:
Aug. 13 – Jim Quick and the Coastline Band.
Sept. 24 – Russ Varnell and His Too Country Band.
The free concerts are at 5:30 p.m. In case of rain, they move to the American Legion Building, 605 N. Wall St.
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